What you need to know for Blessing of the Fleet
The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild will present its annual display in the tent near the War Memorial and Pier Shop. Free of charge.
ATMs will be available outside the Beer Garden (Visitor's Center) and near the Pier Shop. As with all ATMs, there is a fee for use.
Stations will be available inside the restrooms (Visitor's Center/Pier Shop).
Southwood will play from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and then again from 1:45 – 3 p.m.
The Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society is the beneficiary of this year's Blessing of the Fleet proceeds.
The Blessing Procession will begin at 12:45 p.m. and the Blessing will begin at 1 p.m. at the Blessing Stage at the end of the pier.
There will be three free shuttle busses running continuously from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A dedicated handicapped accessible bus will run continually throughout the event from East Cooper Medical Center to the park.
Mathis Ferry Route:
• East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive (Handicapped shuttle available at this location.)
Coleman/Patriots Point Route:
• Farmers Market Pavilion/Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Boulevard
The arts and craft vendors will be setup near the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion. The craft show will be available all day.
Will be available at most restaurant tents, the Pier Shop and at small food vendor booths.
• Birds of Prey
No fishing from the pier during the festival.
Free golf cart shuttles will offer rides from the grass parking area. This is primarily for the disabled, elderly, pregnant women, and families with small children.
See firemen at First Aid area on Visitor's Center porch.
Kids can play in the fenced playground and in the lawn area between the playground and the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion. Face painting, balloon art and magician will be available for free. There will be Magic Shows with Cupcake the Clown at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the playground.
See firemen at First Aid Area on Visitor's Center porch.
Town staff love pets, but please leave them at home for this event.
The pier will be open throughout the event. The Blessing will be at the end of the pier at 1 p.m. No dogs/animals are allowed on the pier. No fishing during the festival. Chairs may be set up on the pier. Coolers can be taken on the pier. No bicycles on the pier during the festival.
The pier store is run by Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. They are selling food and beverages along with gift items.
There will be 11 Mount Pleasant seafood restaurants serving up some of the Lowcountry's finest seafood. Food tickets are not needed to purchase food. Each restaurant is responsible for its own money. Menus are posted at each tent. The event is inspected and permitted by DHEC.
Located in the Visitor's Center, next to the Pier Shop, and on roundabout circle between pier and park. Handicap-accessible bathroom are also available in the Visitors Center, in the restroom near the Pier Shop and on the roundabout circle between the pier and park.
Shag Contest At 4:20 p.m. at the main stage. No ticket is needed to enter. Hosted by DJ Jimmy Bowers. Prizes sponsored by Piggly Wiggly.
4:30 p.m. at small stage. Purchase a raffle ticket for $1 for a chance to participate in the shrimp eating contest. You must be over 18 to participate. Meet at small stage for drawing of tickets. Max: 10 participants. Prizes sponsored by Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant. Local Shrimp provided by Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant. The event is hosted by Tom Crawford of WCIV Channel 4.
Festival goers cannot set up tents or large umbrellas that will obstruct the view of others.
All event merchandise will be available at the tent in the middle of the Grand Lawn between the stage and the sponsor tents. Cash, MC, Discover and Visa accepted. Proceeds benefit the recipient charity. No checks are accepted.
The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild will be presenting its annual display in the tent near the War Memorial and Pier Shop. Free of charge. Vote for the People's Choice Award.